For those of you who already know this game, consider this a refresher course. But for those who don’t, well, read and learn. Maybe you’ll get to deal this game for IHP one day.
Let it Ride is a simple one deck, poker-based table game that uses standard poker rankings for payouts. The players place three equal antes as you shuffle and cut the deck. Each player is then dealt one card face down, starting to the left and working around the table, and the dealer takes one card face down. This is repeated once more, and then once again minus the dealer’s last card. At the end of the deal, each player should have three cards face down in front of them, while you should have two cards face down in front of you.
The players can then look at their hands (don’t let them look at each other’s cards, unless you’re dealing a casual game), and they make their first decision whether or not to pull their first bet back or “let it ride“. Some casinos will not allow a player to touch their chips, so the dealer will have to push bets back. Most casinos will allow the player to retrieve their bet. Once the players have decided whether or not to pull their bet back, you reveal the card to your right. Players then make their second decision whether or not to pull their second bet back or “let it ride“. After this decision, the player will set his cards face down, locking in the third bet. You then reveal your final hole card, and then begin the payouts. The players make their best five card hand out of their three cards and your two community cards. The player must have at least a pair of Tens to be paid.
Start to the left, and turn that player’s cards over. Either collect the bet(s) or pay off the bet(s) according to the payout chart listed on the table (and below). Keep going around the table until everyone has either been paid or had their souls crushed.
Shuffle up, place your bets, and repeat.
Payout Chart (This will be printed on the table as well)
Pair (10s or better)….even
Two pairs….2 to 1
Three of a kind….3 to 1
Straight….5 to 1
Flush….8 to 1
Full house….11 to 1
Four of a kind….50 to 1
Straight flush….200 to 1
Royal flush….1000 to 1
“The only man who makes money following the races is one who does it with a broom and shovel.”